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All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

Book Summary

Matt's mother sent him to America as the soldiers were leaving Vietnam, and he was adopted by an American family. He has a neighborhood park, piano lessons, and a baseball team - and disturbing memories of the life he left behind.
All the Broken Pieces book cover
All the Broken Pieces

Book Review

Told in verse, this book moves quickly and would appeal to lots of readers, including those interested in war survival stories. Some sensitive readers might be uncomfortable with some of his memories, but they are handled thoughtfully (not gratuitously).The story invites some discussion about different perspectives, as Matt meets people who regard him with suspicion while he is struggling with his own fears and sadness.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • The Vietnam War
  • Growing Up
  • Resilience
  • Political Conflict Between Citizens
  • Family Relationships
  • Adoption
  • Overcoming Tragedy

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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